We don’t know much about Star Wars: Episode VII, which isn’t surprising to anyone. Director J.J. Abrams is well known, some may say notorious, for keeping a tight lid on his films, something that even he has poked fun at in the past. Aside from the fact that it’s happening; that the release date is set for December 18, 2015; and that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing the script from Michael Arndt, we don’t really know anything. It will probably start shooting in May in England, and we’ve heard all manner of casting rumors, but even all of that is still up in the air. A new picture on the redesigned Lucasfilm website, however, may have inadvertently given us our first glimpse at some concept art for the first Star Wars movie in a decade.
The website features a photo of a production meeting full of big wigs and key players. Abrams is there (he’s the one with his back to us), Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, tech VP Kim Libreri, and Jason McGatlin, the senior vice president of physical production. But that’s not the interesting part. If you look in the background you’ll notice what appears to be some concept art hanging on the wall behind them.
The most prominent picture features a space ship you may recognize as the Millennium Falcon. With all of the rumors that Harrison Ford will be back, you had to figure the Falcon wouldn’t be far behind. If this is from the new film, the view is spectacular, with the ship hovering just above the horizon line of some unknown planet. This could be from a new scene where the old gang has to blast off into action. Or they could be going for an intergalactic grocery run. Honestly, if we get to see the old girl in action, most of us don’t really give a damn what they’re doing.
On the bottom left, you get a nice look at a wide, sweeping landscape. Who the hell knows where it is supposed to be—maybe it’s somewhere we’ve been before, but it could be a whole new planet for the next three films to explore. There’s even a peek at a person who looks suspiciously like Obi-Wan Kenobi, like Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi. That has to make you wonder if these are from Episode VII or just some cool pieces of Star Wars history that they have hanging around. It is Lucasfilm, after all, even if they’re owned by Disney there has to be a ton of fantastic stuff from the films hanging around.